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LSO 2013-2014 Schedule
Important Information for LSO Musicians

Season Kickoff Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013: Online, virtual meeting to introduce the season, hosted by our new music director, Adrian Slywotsky. To take part in the online meeting, go to https://connect.umms.med.umich.edu/lso13 from any computer at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 28. There is a chat window for questions.

If you are not yet on an LSO mailing list, please fill out the webform now so that you can get all updates.

Auditions: School of Music, North Campus

Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:00-10:00 pm, Stearns Bldg, map
Saturday, Sept. 7, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Stearns Bldg
Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:00-9:30 pm, Stearns Bldg

NOTE: There will be no other auditions besides these three days except in extreme cases – only if you absolutely cannot attend any of the scheduled times. For percussion, the audition is TBD.

Before signing up for an audition, first check to make sure that you can make the Jan. 30 concert. To sign up, visit: www.mysignup.com/lso13 after Aug. 28 at 7 pm and enter the password LSO (in capital letters). You will see a screen with audition information, and then you can scroll down to select a time for your audition. To sign up, just click "My audition" to the right of the time you want on the day you want.

The system will then ask you to fill out some basic information, including an "undo code" that you can use if you need to come back to the page and cancel or reschedule your audition. Don't forget to write down the time you select, and your undo code. If you do need to reschedule your audition, cancel your original slot first.

Please e-mail orchestra@umich.edu if you have any questions or encounter any difficulties.

All prospective LSO members are expected to audition, even if you have played with the LSO before. The four factors that the music director considers include: playing ability, orchestral need, prior LSO membership, and U-M life sciences affiliation. The final decision on participation is made by the music director. In the past, everyone who has auditioned on a string instrument has been able to play in the LSO. On the other hand, given the limited wind spots in an orchestra and the high interest level (for example, we have had 30+ auditioning on flute), it is unlikely we will be able to take all wind players. Interest level for each instrument changes from year to year, so we encourage everyone interested to audition. In the case where there are a limited number of spots, and there exist members of the U-M life sciences community who can fill those spots, they will take precedence over those not affiliated with the U-M life sciences community.

During auditions, you will be asked to play a short 2-3 minute excerpt (of your choosing) from a piece that you have prepared.

We also ask that you prepare the following short excerpt. French horn and trombone players can play one or both excerpts. Copy the file below to your computer before printing:

flute piccolo oboe
English horn clarinet bass clarinet
bassoon contrabassoon French horn
French horn trumpet trombone
trombone tuba violin
viola cellobass

For woodwinds, in addition to your primary instrument audition, you are welcome to also audition for the complimentary instrument, i.e. flute – piccolo, oboe English horn. If you choose to do this, you will need to play three excerpts for your audition, one of your choosing, and the two posted above.

An email will be sent out on the evening of Sept. 14 giving the names of those who have been chosen for the LSO this year.

Concerto Competition
Information on the Concerto Competition is available here. For more information, email orchestra@umich.edu.

Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule
All regular rehearsals are Sundays from 7:00-9:30 pm at the School of Music Rehearsal Hall, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive at 6:45 pm to set up and warm up.
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Nov. 3
Nov. 10
Nov. 17
Dec. 1
Dec. 8
Dec. 15
Jan. 5
Jan. 12 - 7:00-10:00 pm. Flier summarizing winter rehearsals
Jan. 16 - Thursday, 6:30-9:30 pm, NCRC dining room, bldg. 18,
Jan. 18 - Saturday, 4:00 pm, Dress Rehearsal, Hill Auditorium
Jan. 19 - Sunday, 4:00 pm, Concert, Hill Auditorium
Jan. 26
Feb. 9
Feb. 16
Feb. 23
Mar. 2
Mar. 9
Mar. 16
Mar. 23
Mar. 30
Apr. 6
Apr. 13
Apr. 22 - Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 pm, Palmer Commons
Apr. 24 - Thursday,
6:00-8:00 pm, Revelli Hall
Apr. 26 - Saturday, 4:00 pm, Dress Rehearsal, Hill Auditorium
Apr. 27 - Sunday, 4:00 pm, Concert, Hill Auditorium

If you know in advance that you will need to miss 1, 2 or 3 rehearsals, please email the dates to lsoabsence@umich.edu. You should also send a message to that address about any unplanned absences. Keep in mind that after three absences for any reason, your participation in the LSO concert will be at the discretion of the music director.

LSO Financial Needs
The annual LSO membership fee is $50 due at the beginning of the season and collected at the first rehearsal. Please pay by check. Payments above $50 are welcome and the amount in excess of the $50 membership fee is tax-deductible. In addition, tax-deductible contributions may be made online anytime during the season. The LSO is entirely self-supported and welcomes contributions in any amount. The annual cost of presenting 2 free concerts a year at Hill Auditorium is approximately $20,000.

LSO Handbook
LSO handbooks will be distributed at the first rehearsal. If you will not be able to attend, and you need music and a handbook, please find Angela Noble at a rehearsal. A printable version of the handbook will be available here soon. Rehearsal information is always most current on the website.

LSO Attendance Policy

The LSO realizes that members of the life sciences community are extremely busy; however, accepting a position in the LSO also means accepting a responsibility to your fellow musicians to learn your music, attend rehearsals, and attend concerts. If you are worried about potential conflicts with LSO rehearsals and concerts, please contact us at orchestra@umich.edu before auditioning. Regular unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the orchestra.

Additional Ensembles
If you are interested in finding other ensembles at U-M or in the Ann Arbor area, click here to get a list of amateur ensembles.


Email the executive committee at orchestra@umich.edu.

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